Starwatching in the Wakhan

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Stargazing in the Wakhan One thing we were surprised by during our time in the Wakhan: how beautiful the stars were. Even in large villages like Ishkashim and Langar, there was generally so little light pollution that we had an …

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Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway on Tripadvisor!

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Pamir Highway – A Tajikistan Roadtrip on TripAdvisor! Believe it or not, popular travel review website TripAdvisor actually has an entry for the Pamir Highway through Tajikistan! If you’re looking to visit the Tajik Wakhan you’ll necessarily pass down this …

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Not So Hot – Zong Hot Springs

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Zong Hot Springs On the short road through the Tajik Wakhan, there are any number of sites of interest marked in maps and guidebooks. One of these, you’ll find, are the Zong hot springs. There are several things to like …

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Ishkashim Border Market: The People

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Faces of the Ishkashim Border Market For many travelers headed to the Wakhan , the border market at Ishkashim is the closest they will actually get to being in Afghanistan during their trip. If you’re in the Wakhan area of …

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The Vrang Stupa: Wakhan’s Biggest Mystery.

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Vrang Stupa High above the village of Vrang up a steep path through fields, rivers, and hills there stands… an artifact. A construction, believed to have been built in the 4th century, thought to be used in some of the …

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Shirgin Hot Springs

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Tajik Wakhan – Shirgin Hot Springs After a long day on the single road that cuts down the Tajikistan side of the Wakhan Corridor, whether you travel by bike or foot or hired car, a long soak in a medicinal …

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Yamg Wakhani Museum

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Yamg Wakhani Museum Surprisingly, the small village of Yamg is home to a museum dedicated to native-born Sufi Mubarak-i Wakhani. An avid musician and astronomer in addition to his religious calling, Mubarak is a much-celebrated son of the region. The …

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First Defense: Ratm Fortress

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Ratm Fortress Ratm Fortress, standing just above the conflux of the Pamir and Wakhan Rivers at the top of the greater Wakhan Corridor, guards the Wakhan from bandits and marauders that pour from the mountains of the East. Well, or …

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Visiting the Langar Petroglyphs

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Langar Petroglyphs The village of Langar marks the practical end of the Tajik Wakhan, and the point where the the Wakhan and Pamir rivers combine to become the Pyanj. The village itself is well worth a wander, but the petroglyphs …

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Climbing the Yamchun Fortress

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Wakhan Yamchun Fortress The fortress above the little village of Yamchun is probably the single most impressive site in the entire Wakhan valley. Standing guard over the Wakhan since the 12th century, Yamchun Fortress still towers over everything on the …

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